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2013 NBA Playoffs: No Team in Eastern Conference Will Stop Miami Heat on Way to NBA Finals

Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat went on the second longest winning streak in NBA history, winning 27 straight behind the outstanding play of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The only way a team was able to end the winning streak was when the Chicago Bulls continuously hacked James until he was off his game. That method might work in one game, but that method won’t work in a seven game series against a team with as much talent as Miami.

The Heat are not going to be stopped on their way to the NBA Finals again this season. Even if a team can get James, Wade or Bosh off their games, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier or Ray Allen step up to hit crucial threes in late game situations. There isn’t a team in the East that can boast that kind of talent. The only team that looked capable of perhaps upsetting Miami in the East was the Indiana Pacers. However, with an injury to Pacers’ star Danny Granger, there isn’t a team in the entire Eastern Conference capable of beating Miami in a seven games series.

Miami is just playing a different kind of upper-level basketball than the entire Eastern Conference, and all of the other teams are playing catch-up. It looks like this season the “Big Three” will add a third Eastern Conference title to their resume and potentially another championship ring unless either the San Antonio Spurs or the Oklahoma City Thunder will be able to stop the Heat in the NBA Finals.